Huawei’s founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has appeared before the international media for the first time in more than a year.
In his speech, he reaffirmed his hope of doing business with US companies, dispelled any rumors that his company is trying to sell its smartphone business, and praised Apple’s iPhone 12.
Huawei wants to restore relations with the United States
Ren has urged the administration of US President Joe Biden to establish a more open policy towards Chinese companies.
The world’s largest telecommunications equipment supplier and China’s best-selling smartphone maker hopes to avoid being swept up in geopolitics.
“Our company does not have the energy to be involved in this political whirlwind. We strive to make good products, ”he said. “We hope that the US government can have a more open policy for the benefit of American business and the development of the American economy.”
Ren questioned whether Washington’s sanctions against Huawei benefit US interests, but he doesn’t have much hope that the situation will change.
Gina Raimondo, Joe Biden’s candidate for Secretary of Commerce, sees no reason to remove Huawei from the blacklist.
“I won’t say it’s impossible, but it’s extremely difficult, so basically we don’t have that expectation,” he said. “We just want to work hard, and we have a lot of money and we can hire a lot of scientists,” said the executive reiterating his offer to share Huawei’s 5G technology with US companies.
“We have said before that our 5G technology can be fully transferred. That includes not only development rights, but also source programs and source codes. If the United States needs our chip technology, we can transfer it. Our words are sincere [but] no company has come to negotiate with us so far, “he said.
No intention of selling your consumer business
Ren said Huawei “will never sell its [entire] consumer business,” which includes smartphones.
The veto of the United States and its allies have excluded Huawei from accessing the manufacture of its own chips and Google services. As a result, Huawei has seen its position plummet among global smartphone sellers.
“My confidence grows in Huawei’s ability to survive […] We have great confidence in our customers,” said the CEO, adding that his company’s 5G offerings have an advantage in both industrial applications and in coal mines. and seaports, as in consumer products, such as tablets and smart televisions.
Despite the show of confidence, Huawei has embarked on a number of initiatives in an attempt to reinvent its stunted business. In November, the giant sold its affordable smartphone brand Honor to a consortium of Chinese entities, a move that allowed the smaller brand to resume relationships with Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm and other international vendors.
Praise for Apple and its latest smartphones
Ren also praised Apple, Huawei’s smartphone rival, calling the iPhone 12 “the best smartphone in the world.”
“High-end customers in Europe love Apple,” he said. “As [Huawei] no longer has high-end phones, Apple phones have helped us to show that Huawei’s 5G technology is the best.”
These statements are quite surprising since, although the company has suffered a major sales setback, it continues to market high-end devices outside of China such as the Huawei Mate 40 Pro that compete against those of Apple and other manufacturers.